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People who made the headlines

Some names that became well known after Sept. 11:

By Times wires and staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 9, 2002


Some names that became well known after Sept. 11:

Mohamed Atta -- The intensely disciplined, brooding Islamic fundamentalist was apparently the ringleader of the hijackers. Atta, 33, was at the controls of the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center.

Mark Bingham -- A 6-foot-5 rugby player and public relations executive, Bingham called his mother from Flight 93 and said he and other passengers were planning to fight back. The plane crashed in Pennsylvania. Bingham, 31 and gay, became a symbol of inspiration to the nation's gay community.

Rev. Mychal Judge -- A New York fire department chaplain, Judge, 68, succumbed to a heart attack amid the rescue efforts. His death certificate listed him as victim No. 00001 -- the first official fatality of the World Trade Center attack.

Genelle Guzman-McMillan -- Entombed in the rubble of north tower of World Trade Center for 27 hours, she was the last person to be found alive. An immigrant from Trinidad who lives in Brooklyn, Guzman-McMillan, 31, has recovered from her injuries and married her longtime boyfriend in a wedding arranged by Bride's magazine and CBS' The Early Show.

Rudolph Giuliani -- His masterful leadership after the attacks transformed him from a lame-duck mayor in messy divorce proceedings to a dynamic leader who personified New York City's remarkable resilience. Giuliani, 58, became Time magazine's Person of the Year.

Tom Ridge -- In late September, the president named the broad-shouldered governor of Pennsylvania as his chief White House adviser on "homeland security." Now Ridge, 57, is Bush's point person in an effort to win congressional approval for a new Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security.

Pervez Musharraf -- Once shunned by the West as a dictator, the Pakistani general-turned-president became America's most important Muslim ally. Musharraf, 59, allowed U.S. forces to use Pakistani military bases and airspace to attack Afghanistan. That enraged Muslim militants, and the country now seethes with internal conflict.

Daniel Pearl -- The Wall Street Journal reporter, 38, was kidnapped and brutally murdered in Pakistan in late January by Islamic militants protesting Pakistan's alliance with the United States. In July, one man was sentenced to death in a Pakistani court; three others got life sentences. Other suspects remain at large.

Tommy Franks -- As chief of the Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, the lanky, low-key general, 57, commands U.S. forces in Afghanistan. At first, there was grumbling in some quarters about Franks' strategy. But in March, President Bush asked him to stay at his post for another year.

Dr. Durgarao Parimi -- On the day of the attacks, the Hernando County physician told other doctors America got what it deserved. Amid the outcry that followed, the Indian-born, Muslim doctor was suspended by Oak Hill Hospital, then reinstated two months later after he apologized. Parimi, 58, an American citizen for 21 years, said he "misstated" his concerns over a breakdown in American security.

Charles Bishop -- The 15-year-old high school student crashed a stolen Cessna into a Tampa office building on Jan. 5, leaving behind a suicide note in which he claimed allegiance with Osama bin Laden. His family scoffed at suggestions that he was a depressed loner. They sued the maker of the acne drug Accutane, contending that it left him "severely psychotic."

Robert Stevens -- The tabloid photo editor, 62, died Oct. 5 in Palm Beach County in the nation's first known case of inhalation anthrax disease since 1976. Before the anthrax scare had run its course, four more people died and more than a dozen took ill.

Steven J. Hatfill -- Publicly, the FBI says that Hatfill, 48, is just one of 30 "people of interest" in last fall's anthrax attacks. But, as Hatfill bitterly complains, authorities seem to be focused on him. The germ warfare specialist says he is a patriotic American and had nothing to do with the attacks.

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